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City College announces 2017 commencement speaker

Vivek Tiwary
Vivek Tiwary

Vivek Tiwary, the Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and New York Times best-selling author, is the guest speaker at The City College of New York’s 171st Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 2. The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. on CCNY’s South Campus Great Lawn, 135th St. and Convent Ave., Manhattan.

The Class of 2017 comprises approximately 3,820 students. Of these 2,894 are receiving undergraduate degrees and 926 graduate degrees.

Tiwary returns to City College after delivering its 2017 Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture in March.  

He founded the multiplatform arts and entertainment company, Tiwary Entertainment Group, and his Broadway productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards and over 44 Tony nominations. They include “Green Day’s American Idiot,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.”

Mr. Tiwary’s graphic novel, “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story,” based on the untold life story of the Beatles’ manager, won a number of prestigious literary awards, including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Reality-Based Work and a Harvey Awards for Best Original Graphic Novel. It was added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives Permanent Collection. As executive producer, he will adapt “The Fifth Beatle” into a multi-part TV event series with unprecedented access to Beatles music.

He is a graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences.

CCNY will also present honorary degrees to three honorees for their professional accomplishment. The recipients are:

  • David Diaz, CCNY Class of 1965 and an Emmy Award-winning reporter at WNBC/Channel 4 and WCBS/Channel 2 in New York during a distinguished journalism career;
  • Robert E. Kahn, Class of 1960 and a pioneering electrical engineer considered a “father of the Internet”;
  • Deborah Meier, public educator, writer and advocate acclaimed as a leader of the school reform movement in the U.S.

Click here for the latest information on City College’s 171st commencement exercises.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Today more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship.  Now celebrating its 170th anniversary, CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself.  View CCNY Media Kit.


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